- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Brando and Jackie?

Marlon Brando said Jacqueline Kennedy seduced him during a brief affair but an editor friend of hers deleted the account from his memoir, Denverpost.com reports, citing a new book.

In “Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story,” which also claims an affair between the former first lady and her brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy after President Kennedy’s assassination, C. David Heymann says he obtained passages from Mr. Brando’s account of how he hooked up with Jackie in 1964.

The passages were in the first draft of Mr. Brando’s 1994 memoir, “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” until an editor friend of Mrs. Onassis’ (by then also the widow of Aristotle Onassis) at Random House insisted they be cut, Mr. Heymann writes.

The passages tell of a three-hour meal Mr. Brando and Mrs. Kennedy shared, followed by dancing and kissing.

Mr. Heymann relates: “In Brando’s words, ‘From all I’d read and heard about her, Jacqueline Kennedy seemed coquettish and sensual but not particularly sexual. If anything, I pictured her as more voyeur than player. But that wasn’t the case. She kept waiting for me to try to get her into bed. When I failed to make a move, she took matters into her own hands and popped the magic question. ‘Would you like to spend the night?’ And I said, ‘I thought you’d never ask.’”

He said they spent another night together a week later at an apartment Mr. Brando borrowed from a friend. But Jackie then ended it. Mr. Heymann writes: “Having twice consummated her relationship with Brando, Jackie showed no interest in pursuing him further.” The book, from Atria, is due next month.

Miles-high tribute

Actor Kevin Bacon scaled new heights to pay tribute to the late Farrah Fawcett while raising money to fight cancer.

The 50-year-old actor hiked the 14,110-foot Pikes Peak on Saturday to play a concert for the Love Hope Strength Foundation, Denverpost.com reports.

“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done physically,” Mr. Bacon said after the roughly six-hour climb.

‘Poppins’ peril

A computer central to the new touring production of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” malfunctioned about 15 minutes into Saturday night’s Chicago performance at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, causing the entire show to shut down, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

According to several people who were there and sent descriptive (and angry) e-mails to the newspaper, the problem occurred shortly after the start of the technically complicated production, which has two weeks left in a Chicago run of several months. Audience members were asked to cool their heels for about 45 minutes before it was announced from the stage that, for safety reasons, the show could not go on.

Eileen LaCario, a vice president at “Poppins” presenter Broadway in Chicago, confirmed these events and said Sunday that such a midshow cancellation is “very unusual.”

“Mary Poppins” is one of the most technically demanding touring musicals, not least because the title character flies all the way to the back of the theater. Miss LaCario also said that those who bought tickets for the canceled show would be offered their choice of refunds or tickets to an alternate performance during the next two weeks.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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